From its opening evocation of creeping blindness to its closing image of hands to take in this the dark night and thread the dawns, Raymond Gibson s Speak, Shade is a quiet marvel, terrific in both the colloquial and historical sense Like the sage of the Tao Te Ching who treats all individuals as straw dogs for sacrifice, he is not sentimental Instead, he recognizeFrom its opening evocation of creeping blindness to its closing image of hands to take in this the dark night and thread the dawns, Raymond Gibson s Speak, Shade is a quiet marvel, terrific in both the colloquial and historical sense Like the sage of the Tao Te Ching who treats all individuals as straw dogs for sacrifice, he is not sentimental Instead, he recognizes the impermanence of language, love, and flesh Gibson s poems are temples of reflection, filled with shadows, that honor what cannot last T.A NoonanRaymond Gibson s poems speak a calm, lapidary language, words that seem already graven upon steles or traced by some supernatural hand upon a wall and a dark language, of sight through blindness, touch through the oppressive veils of distance Behind his words, ostensibly simple, lies an almost unbearable weight of history, of thought, and of subterranean emotion The poems of Speak, Shade, like the Sibyl s leaves, are oracular pronouncements that at once resist logic and demand attention, hold the reader to account Like Rilke s Archaic Torso, they work a change upon us Mark Scroggins, author of Anarchy, Torture Garden Naked City Pastorelles, and Red ArcadiaRaymond Gibson s sparse, intense, lovely, and ghostly chapbook, Speak, Shade, is born of light and sight Each poem within is a candle orange rays of illumination, flickering brief and breathless Gibson reveals tapers of timeless beauty, yet cautions us not to fly too close to the sun Beginning with The Cataracts and ending with Blink and Blind Timescapes, the poet dares us to see what we ordinarily try to shield our eyes from, while offering us salve and salvation for all of the red absences Using every color of the spectrum, especially the spectral ones, Gibson always returns to light and the perception of light, casting white hot beams on our fragility and futility In this book you will find little wounds, tiny licks of flame, alternately burning and melting over the glowing and majestic fires of our lives Cin Hochman, Editor in Chief, First Literary Review EastRaymond Gibson has created a thesis of poems that show us what it means to inhabit a liminal space Between the sensory and the sensual, between the physical and transcendental There s talk of desire, loss, absence, sight, movement, surface, names, the divine, and death in all its allusions A Platonist dialogic keenly aware of its rumination and walk and gait But how to talk in the black vacuity of space This is the center from which these collected poems emanate, then unravel It s a voice that is remote yet immediate, evasive yet strikingly elegant These are nocturnes, and we are transformed through their reading, as we take the night A breathtaking collection here Desmond Kon Zhicheng Mingd , Author of The Arbitrary Sign, and I Didn t Know Mani Was A ConceptualistCover art by P.D Lietz, designed by Steve Asmussen.
Speak Shade From its opening evocation of creeping blindness to its closing image of hands to take in this the dark night and thread the dawns Raymond Gibson s Speak Shade is a quiet marvel terrific in both th
Title: Speak, Shade
Author: Raymond Gibson
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